Mass Reading & Meditation for April 12, 2013
Meditation: John 6:1-15
2nd Week of Easter
Where can we buy enough food for them to eat? (John 6:5)
Jesus’ question must have caught Philip by surprise as he looked out over the crowd. There must have been five thousand people there. And all they have is two hundred denarii. That wouldn’t be enough to give them a crumb each! But then Jesus tells them to distribute the five loaves and two fishes that they do have. Now Philip is mentally cutting up the food into smaller and smaller pieces. How is this ever going to work?
Obviously, Philip didn’t quite get it. He had heard how Jesus made wine out of water at Cana (John 2:1-11). He had seen Jesus evangelize one Samaritan woman and the effect it had on her entire town
(4:4-42). He had seen a lame man get up and walk (5:1-9). Still, Philip hadn’t grasped that in God’s economy, the lesser and the least often count as the greatest.
But let’s not be too hard on Philip. We can think this way too. If we could just have more—more money, more time, more resources, more influence—then everything would work out. But when “more” is not forthcoming, God may be asking us to believe and trust in him. He may be saying, “Give me what you have, and watch what I can do with it!” When Jesus called Peter to step out of the boat, all Peter had was faith. That water shouldn’t have held him up—but as long as he trusted in the Lord, it did!
Philip and the other apostles needed to learn the way God’s economy works—that less is often more. This is the same lesson God wants to teach us every time we celebrate Mass. Jesus comes to us every day in the form of simple bread and wine to give us all the food we need. It may not seem like much, this wafer-thin Host, but it contains all the blessings of heaven. It may not seem like much, this sip from the chalice, but it has all the power of God to fill you with divine life. So come and eat. Come and drink. Jesus has so much he wants to give you!
“Lord, I am in awe over your generosity and kindness. Thank you, Jesus, for giving yourself to me so completely!”
Acts 5:34-42; Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14